WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- In 2017, scientists identified the first sign of intelligent life outside the planet, according to Harvard Professor Avi Loeb’s book which will be released this month.
- Aside from Loeb, NASA is also investigating the object which is called “1I/2017 U1 Oumuamua.”
- NASA classified the object as “the first confirmed object from another star to visit our solar system.”
There’s a sign of intuitive life outside earth, a Harvard University astronomer said in his book to be published this month.
According to Avi Loeb, a science professor with a doctorate in physics, an interplanetary object quickly searched the space near the earth in 2017.
He added that the object, which is the first sign of intelligent life outside the planet, was believed to be a space crumb ejected by another galaxy, not a natural occurrence.
“There was only one conceivable explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization,” based on the marketing summary of the book entitled Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.
The summary further mentioned that scientists at a Hawaiian observatory saw “an object soaring through our inner solar system, moving so quickly that it could only have been from another star.”
Loeb was not the only one investigating the object, which was called “1I/2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua” by NASA.
NASA defined the object as “the first confirmed object from another star to visit our solar system.” It added that the “interstellar interloper appears to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue.”
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, said that for decades, they have theorized that there are interstellar objects, and for the first time, they have direct evidence of their existence.
Zurbuchen added that the discovery “is opening a new window to study formation of solar systems beyond our own.”
Anne Wojcicki, CEO and cofounder of 23andMe, said in the book-jacket blurb that Loeb’s new book “convinces you that scientific curiosity is key to our future success.” She further wrote: “An exciting and eloquent case that we might have seen a sign of intelligent life near Earth – and that we should search further.”
Meanwhile, in a review, Publishers Weekly called the book a “contentious manifesto.”
Eric Maskin, a Nobel laureate in Economics and a fellow Harvard professor, said “Is the hypothesis right? Who knows. But let’s try to find out!”
Source: Business Insider